Australia\u2019s fastest supercomputer is about to get 10-times more powerful, thanks to a multi-million dollar upgrade to be delivered by Fujitsu Australia.\nThe new machine will go live in November, and be housed at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) at the Australian National University (ANU).\nNamed Gadi \u2013 meaning \u201cto search for\u201d in the language of the traditional owners of the Canberra region, the Ngunnawal \u2013 the machine will be significantly faster and more powerful than NCI\u2019s current supercomputer,Raijin.\n\u201cGadiwill give researchers the tools to unlock the mysteries of the universe, predict and manage natural disasters, advance cancer research and design new materials for future technologies,\u201d said ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt.\n\u201cAs the nature and complexity of the problems that need supercomputers have become even greater and more pressing, computational and data science has grown to meet the challenge. This new machine will keep Australian research and the 5000 researchers who use it at the cutting edge. It will help us get smarter with our big data. It will add even more brawn to the considerable brains already tapping into NCI,\u201d he added.\n \nWith 3200 nodes, Gadi will power some of Australia\u2019s most crucial research from organisations including CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, and the Bureau of Meteorology.\n \nRanking rescue\n \nThe upgrade is being funded with the $70 million earmarked for the NCI in the Australian Government\u2019s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.\nWhen the ANU-based Raijinbegan operating in 2013, it was Australia\u2019s most powerful supercomputer. It still is, but has been tumbling down the global rankings in recent years.\n \nRaijin \u2013 which was also delivered by Fujitsu \u2013 is currently placed at 173rd most powerful in the world on theLINPACK Benchmark Top500ranking, down from 76th last year.\nThe NCI has previously claimed Raijin\u2019s replacement would be ranked in the top 25 internationally.Minister for Education Dan Tehan today said Gadi would "help Australia break into the top 30 nations for its high-performance computing capacity".\nIn May last year, Australia\u2019s chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel released theNational Research Infrastructure Roadmap. In it, he said the government needed to \u201curgently address\u201d the country\u2019s high performance computing situation.\n \nPawsey Supercomputing Centre in Western Australia also received $70 million from the government to replace its ageing supercomputers.\n \nImportant initiative\n \nFujitsu tapped both its own technology and that of other vendors to deliver Gadi, including Lenovo, Intel, NVIDIA, NetApp, Mellanox Technologies, DDN (Lustre), Altair and APC by Schneider Electric.\n \nThe new supercomputer will utilise both Fujitsu and Lenovo Neptune direct liquid cooling technologies with warm water, allowing for high-density computing. The system features Fujitsu PRIMERGY CX2570 M5 servers and will include second-generation Intel Xeon Platinum processors, Intel Optane DC persistent memory and NVIDIA V100 GPUs to accelerate deep learning training and inferencing.\nLinking the storage and the computer will be Mellanox\u2019s HDR InfiniBand technology, capable of transferring data at 200 Gbs per second. The new supercomputer will utilise both Fujitsu and Lenovo Neptune innovative direct liquid cooling technology with warm water, allowing for high-density computing and Altair\u2019s PBS Works Suite software will optimise job scheduling and workload\n management.\n \n\u201cFujitsu is proud to be part of this important initiative, which will play a vital role in the progress of science in Australia,\u201d said Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand CEO Mike Foster.\n \n\u201cWe look forward to renewing and further invigorating our long-standing relationship with ANU and NCI, which includes the commissioning of Raijin and also dates back as far as the 1980s with the commissioning of one of ANU\u2019s first supercomputers,\u201d he added.